our sincere appreciation goes to Interaction Management Associate, Colorado United State for this expose on our work. We are glad to share this exhaustive article with you. https://imamediation.com/blog/2020/5/8/on-the-remarkable-path-from-war-orphan-to-peace-builder
Yesterday 22nd June at the event marking 2019 edition of International Widow’s Day, Soulace Africa inaugurated her Compassion Project called Soulace FoodBank. The occasion was graced by the representatives of the Nigeria Army Officers Wives Association (NAOWA), the Magajias and other reputable individuals withing the community. About one hundred war widows were in attendance.
Our founder in person of Peter Adeeko decry the condition of widows in light of the state of the Nigeria economy. While speaking at the event he informed the women on Soulace Africa effort to rid veterans widows against abject poverty. In his word, he said his organisation Soulace Africa is working to ensure that veterans widow’s are not only technically equipped with skills but much more desire that they become refrence point in the society though several articulated programs of his organisation such as Kampalapreneur and Agro-preneur. He applauded the leadership of 2nd division of their cooperation to see that live is better for the left behind.
The founder believes that widows rather than been dole out fish once in a blue moon should be taught how to fish themselves. Being given fish should be a short term solution which must be carried out sustainably, he said. Effort must be geared towards helping the widows get up on their feet and move on with their lives. He submitted that widowhood is no longer pronounced after 10 years. So every widows must get to work. He prayed and earnestly opine for a new Nigeria where widows are included and integrated without any form of stigma and deprivation.
NAOWA representatives at the event also encouraged widows to summon courage and make good use of opportunities being provided by Soulace Africa and other relevant organisation that works around social development in the community. Speaking for the GOC wife, the representative said widows should train their children and introduce them to work early enough so that these children will learn the culture of hardwork and that their is dignity in labour.
Mrs Aramide Oke (the founder of family’s and homes initiative an organisation that works with street children in Ibadan Oyo state) who was an invited guest and a practicing journalist, Aramide shared her story of how she who grow up without any of her parent at the event and challenge widows to move from agony of their loss to a self sustained livelihood.
The exciting event ran to a close with the inaguration of Soulace FoodBank. The first of it kind in Nigeria. The founder said the food bank is a sustainable way to help the women solve the hunger problem creatively. The food bank will help the widows to focus on what is more important in their fight for survival.
The headship and veterans widows at 2nd Division Headquarters, Odogbo barracks Ojoo Ibadan applauded this development and pray that God will make this dream project come to pass. The representative of the GOC wife at the event promised the support of NAOWA and that of the GOC wife and the entire army community for support for the Soulace FoodBank.
Data of the widows were gathered. light food and drinks where shared. The music rolled.The widow had nice time and the event came to a close.
June 23rd International Widows Day is an opportunity for action towards achieving full rights and recognition for widows – too long invisible, uncounted and ignored. Absence of reliable data remains one of the major obstacles to developing the policies and programmes to address the poverty, violence and discrimination suffered by widows.
There is a need for more research and statistics disaggregated by marital status, sex and age, in order to help reveal the incidence of widow abuse and illustrate the situation of widows.
Furthermore, Governments should take action to uphold their commitments to ensure the rights of widows as enshrined in international law, including the Convention on the elimination of All Forms of discrimination against Women and the Convention on the Rights of the Child. Even when national laws exist to protect the rights of widows, weaknesses in the judicial systems of many States compromise how widows’ rights are defended in practice and should be addressed.
Lack of awareness and discrimination by judicial officials can cause widows to avoid turning to the justice system to seek reparations.Programmes and policies for ending violence against widows and their children, poverty alleviation, education and other support to widows of all ages also need to be undertaken, including in the context of action plans to accelerate achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals.
In post-conflict situations, veterans widows should be brought in to participate fully in peacebuilding and reconciliation processes to ensure that they contribute to sustainable peace and security.
Empowering widows through access to adequate healthcare, education, decent work, full participation in decision-making and public life, and lives free of violence and abuse, would give them a chance to build a secure life after bereavement. Importantly, creating opportunities for widows can also help to protect their children and avoid the cycle of inter-generational poverty and deprivation.
As an organization that lend her voice to the advocacy and welfare inclusion of veterans’ widows, we wish our beneficiaries Happy International Widows Day 2019.
Our seminar scope suddenly change from 100 to about 350 Participants overnight. The change from cozy venue to a bigger unequipped space and unavoidable loss of ambience were among other things the consequences that we had to put up with. The challenges of getting the unending participants comfortable. Sorting our logistics while still making sure the job is done with no excuse whatsoever will definitely make anyone sweat.
In this pics our Chief convener sweated it out while doing his thing during the March edition of veterans wives and widows sensitization and advocacy for empowerment at Odogbo barrack, Ibadan. In his word…..’he said if we are sweating for them it worth it, they and their husbands have and are paying the price daily with their patriotic services’. We call it passion; you call transformative leadership.
Comparatively, the condition under which we had our seminar is not any different from what happen when veterans orphans and widows suddenly lost their husbands and breadwinner. The sudden change in family structure , loss order, companion and means of livelihood is affected are immediate consequences. This is why there must be an inclusive palliative to absorbed the shock caused by sudden loss of loved most especially for the immediate defendants of the deceased.
Frankly speaking, When women dig it with women, greater depth is reached. We made some sparks at the just concluded Develop at Odogbo barrack last March 2019.
The event forerunning our intervention at the barracks did connected some highly resourceful women who are not push-overs in their various callings to the potential beneficiaries of our project.
They are Dr. Mrs Oyekunle, Mrs Babagbemi and Mrs Yinlayefa Adeleke. These women are strong believer in Soulace Africa project. We are proud of you. Wishing you more resourceful life.